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Bestselling statistics author, Fredrick J. Gravetter, and co-author Lori-Ann B. Forzano have written a text for research methods that helps you see how interesting and exciting experimental and non-experimental research can be. Inviting and conversational, RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Third Edition, leads you through the research process from start to finish. The text opens with tips and strategies for generating research ideas, moves to selecting measures and participants, and then offers an examination of research strategy and design. This step-by-step approach emphasizes the decisions researchers must make at each stage of the process. The authors avoid a "cookbook" approach to the facts by linking terminology with applied concepts; their "lecture in a book" style emphasizes discussion and explanation of topics. Each chapter ends with a set of exercises and activities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534558116
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/22/2005
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick J Gravetter is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York College at Brockport. He has taught at Brockport since the early 1970s, specializing in statistics, research design, and cognitive psychology. He received his Bachelor's degree in mathematics from M.I.T. and his Ph.D. in psychology from Duke University. Dr. Gravetter is co-author of the best-selling STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Eighth Edition, ESSENTIALS OF STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Sixth Edition, and (with Lori-Ann B. Forzano) RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Third Edition.

Lori-Ann B. Forzano is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York College at Brockport, where she has taught since 1992. She earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1992, where she also received her B.S. in psychology. Dr. Forzano's research interests are in the area of conditioning and learning. Specifically, she studies self-control and impulsiveness in adults and young children. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Learning and Motivation and is regularly presented at the annual conference of the Association for Behavior Analysis.

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Table of Contents

Author Biographies
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction, Inquiry, and the Scientific Method 1
Ch. 2 Research Ideas 31
Ch. 3 Ethics in Research 58
Ch. 4 Defining and Measuring Variables 82
Ch. 5 Selecting Research Participants 114
Ch. 6 Research Strategies and Validity 130
Ch. 7 Descriptive and Correlational Research Strategies 161
Ch. 8 Experimental Research Strategy 188
Ch. 9 Quasi-Experimental Strategy: Nonequivalent Group, Time-Series, and Developmental Designs 214
Ch. 10 Experimental Designs: Between-Subjects Design 240
Ch. 11 Experimental Designs: Within-Subjects Design 266
Ch. 12 Factorial Designs 291
Ch. 13 Single-Subject Research Designs 323
Ch. 14 Statistical Evaluation of Data 356
Ch. 15 Writing a Research Report 398
App. A Random Number Table and Instructions 425
App. B: Statistics Demonstrations and Statistical Tables 429
Glossary 453
References 469
Index 473
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